How We Turned Our Home Into a Fun Learning Center

When we made the decision to homeschool four of our five children, we knew it would be a big undertaking but we were also very excited about it. Two were in elementary school at the time and two in middle school. Because each pair was close in age, they would be doing very similar curriculums. So I needed to plan for the younger two, as well as for the older two.

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Why I Homeschool My Child with Autism

I have multiple kids on the autism spectrum but it was my oldest who had the most severe symptoms, at least when she was younger. She started therapies in public school at preschool age. In fact, she was three when she got her diagnosis and also started getting speech therapy from the local public school. She was completely non-verbal at the time. She then went to Pre-K, Kindergarten and 1st grade in public school. After 2nd grade, we actually started considering homeschool and this would turn out to be a very good decision, at least for this child and the way she learns.

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How to Use Life of Fred Math Books

Life of Fred math books saved my homeschool! That may sound dramatic but it’s true. My oldest daughter and I struggled and struggled to find the right math curriculum. I’m embarrassed to tell you how many mistakes I made in this process. Some of those mistakes were sticking to a curriculum that wasn’t working for her for two full years because everyone else said how great it was. My daughter was miserable and frustrated and I was miserable and .....
Life of Fred math books saved my homeschool! That may sound dramatic but it's true. My oldest daughter and I struggled and struggled to find the right math curriculum. I'm embarrassed to tell you how many mistakes I made in this process. Some of those mistakes were sticking to a curriculum that wasn't working for her for two full years because everyone else said how great it was. My daughter was miserable and frustrated and
 

The Four Components of Really Good Writing

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This is a guest post by Jennifer Courtney. Is our entire civilization in danger because of our impoverished language? Is text speak a sign that we are losing the ability to construct and communicate complex ideas through written language? In a philosophy class, I led a group of high school students to come up with a thorough definition of man (as in mankind). After thinking, discussing, reading, wrestling with ideas, and refining, we came up
 

How to Get Scholarships to Ivy League Schools

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This is a guest post by Elizabeth Hartley. College tuition has increased almost 500% over the last twenty years, causing many families to conclude that a college degree is out of reach. While the sticker shock can be intimidating at first, there are many ways to approach the process strategically and intentionally so that the student ends up with options that are optimal and affordable. The first step in knowing how to tackle college funding
 

3 Sanity-Saving Strategies for Homeschooling With Toddlers

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  Let’s take a look at the best ways to be a great parent for your toddler, while still devoting a good portion of your day to teach and train older kids at home. Do you get nervous when it gets really quiet around your house? Do you have to put markers, glue, and other creative art supplies up on a high shelf? Do step stools located in unusual places around the house make you
 

16 Mistakes Weary Homeschool Moms Make

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  The baby will not stop crying,your toddler is fighting with the preschooler, your second-grader refuses to work on anything without you, the fourth-grader asked permission to go to the bathroom an hour ago, you’re late getting your sixth-grader to dance class, and your husband wants to know what’s for dinner. These are the days we just want to go back to bed, the days we lash out in anger or dissolve into tears or
 

How to Set up a Homeschool With Very Little Space

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  You don't need a whole lot of space to homeschool. One of the beauties of homeschooling is that you can make it work for your unique situation. You don't need huge desks or bulky bookcases. Instead, the main things you need are creativity and a willingness to adapt. Here are some tips for setting up a homeschool when space is at a premium: Teach Wherever You Are: You don't need a dedicated schoolroom to
 

How to Go from the ABCs to Learning to Read

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  Learning to read isn’t something that happens overnight for most kids. In fact, it takes hard work and dedication to go from learning the ABCs to learning to read. If your child is in the stage of learning their alphabet and they are eager to learn how to read, then these tips are for you. Start by learning the alphabet One of the best ways to go from the ABCs to learning to read
 
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